By Chris Emma–
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Bears came up short again, losing 17-16 to the Jaguars on Sunday at Soldier Field. With the loss, they fell to 1-5 on the season.
In the losing effort, the Bears scored just one touchdown and blew a 13-0 lead after three quarters. Plenty of points were left on the field once again. What more can be said?
“We got to score a (bleeping) touchdown,” Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery said. “That’s it. Touchdowns win games. We see what three points gets us.”
Quarterback Brian Hoyer became the first player in franchise history to throw for at least 300 yards and zero interceptions in four consecutive games, but it hasn’t mattered without more touchdowns. On Sunday, the Bears fell to 1-3 in his starts.
Finally, Hoyer targeted top receiver Jeffery consistently, connecting six times in the first half for 90 yards. They would sync up just once more in the second half, a late strike for only three yards.
Hoyer was once again an incomplete product, finishing 30-of-49 for 302 yards. He far too often resorted to the check-down options. The Bears’ longest passing play of the day went for 36 yards on a screen pass set up behind the line of scrimmage.
The Jaguars played Hoyer and the Bears with single-high coverage, moving a safety into the box. Often, Hoyer still resorted to throwing for short yardage, and the drives constantly stalled.
What makes that perplexing is that Hoyer said he was expecting the single-high coverage from Jacksonville entering Sunday’s game, yet his offense never once adjusted.
“You’re hoping that those routes pull (defenders) up,” Hoyer said. “They’re a disciplined team, they stayed at the sticks. You’re hoping to get some catch and run.”
During his time leading the Bears offense, Hoyer has been efficient in putting up yardage, but the Bears haven’t put up enough points. At 1-5, they can now look ahead to a short week with a road date against the Packers looming Thursday, then they host the unbeaten Vikings in a Monday night contest before the bye week.
Meanwhile, Jeffery has zero touchdowns on the season, and the Bears continue to struggle offensively.
“We got to figure it out,” Hoyer said, “and quickly.”